Indoor Allergy Relief
Indoor allergies are a continual challenge for millions of people. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a crucial part of managing your allergies and being able to reside in a healthy, comfortable living environment. Here, you’ll find valuable information on how to improve IAQ for indoor allergy relief.
Understanding Indoor Allergies
Inside allergens include dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacteria and viruses, as well as pollen that makes its way into your home. These contaminants trigger allergic reactions. When allergens are present in the air, they can induce symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and more severe issues including asthma attacks and other breathing issues. Ventilation, air filtration, cleaning and other proactive steps are essential to minimize the concentration of indoor allergens, improve indoor air quality and allow inhabitants to breathe easier.
Reducing Allergens Through Proper Ventilation
One of the most reliable methods to reduce allergens is to increase ventilation. Appropriate inflow of fresh, outdoor air substantially decreases the amount of allergens in your home. Here are some ventilation-increasing techniques to try:
• Open windows and doors when the weather allows.
• Use exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen when showering or cooking to clear away heat, humidity and fumes.
• Purchase a whole-home ventilation system to evenly exchange stale indoor air with clean outdoor air through the entire house.
Air Filtration and Purification Systems
Air filters and purifiers are available in a number of different styles. Some are developed to clean the air in an individual room, while others work with the HVAC system for healthier air throughout the entire home. They also eliminate allergens using several different methods:
• Filtration systems—including media filters, electrostatic filters and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters—capture airborne particles in tightly woven material, blocking them from swirling through the house.
• Germicidal UV lights deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, leaving them unable to duplicate and reducing the distribution of germs throughout your home.
• Air purifiers with activated carbon filters eliminate odors and chemicals from the air, contributing to a clean, fresh-smelling interior.
• Electronic air cleaners have negative ion generators that adhere to positively charged airborne particles. The particles then cling to charged metal plates or become too heavy to continue to be airborne. Those that fall onto furniture can be removed by dusting and vacuuming.
Keeping your home clean is a huge step in reducing home allergens. Here are some suggested tips:
• Vacuum your home at least once a week with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to remove dust mites and other contaminants from carpets and upholstery.
• Choose hypoallergenic bedding, such as organic cotton, bamboo or silk, which is naturally allergen-resistant.
• Wash your bedding once a week in hot water to kill dust mites and do away with other lingering allergens.
• Utilize allergy-proof pillowcases and mattress covers to stop dust mites from accumulating.
• Clean countertops, floors, furniture and other areas on a regular basis.
• Keep pets out of your bedroom to reduce dander buildup in the area where you sleep.
• Reduce clutter and knickknacks, which collect dust and provide hiding places for allergens.
Controlling Humidity Levels
Maintaining the correct humidity level is vital for dealing with indoor allergens. High humidity encourages mold growth and dust mite populations, while low humidity contributes to dry skin and inflamed airways. Aim to maintain an indoor relative humidity level from 30-50 percent. The simplest way to do this is to use a whole-house humidifier in the dry winter and a whole-house dehumidifier throughout the humid summer.
Indoor Plants and Allergies
Indoor plants can increase IAQ by filtering out toxins and discharging oxygen. However, some plants produce irritating pollen, and overwatering them may foster mold growth, adding to indoor allergies. When shopping for potted plants, opt for allergy-friendly varieties like spider plants, snake plants and bamboo palms, which help increase indoor air quality and are not as likely to cause allergic reactions.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions in North America
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to helping our customers enjoy a healthy and comfortable home environment. With our technical know-how in indoor air quality solutions and your satisfaction guaranteed, we are the ideal partner to fulfill all your IAQ desires. Contact a Service Experts office near you today to find out more about how our services can help you achieve indoor allergy relief.